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International Baccalaureate (IB) is a Grade 11/12 university preparation program recognized in over 140 countries, including universities in Ontario and Canada.

Students concurrently study up to six challenging subjects that instill a global perspective with cross-cultural understanding. IB students learn through inquiry, and gain a sense of social responsibility, independence and critical-thinking skills vital to university studies.

IB students can apply for university credit, based on their results in IB examinations. Graduates gain both the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and an IB Diploma.

The program is located at Ancaster High School and Westdale Secondary School. Learn more by visiting IBO.org.ib info night

IB Information Night

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
6 to 8 p.m. at the HWDSB Education Centre
20 Education Court, Hamilton, Ontario L9A 0B9
PDF flyer: International Baccalaureate Info Night 2023 – Full Page

Click here to access the 2022 presentation.

2024-25 IB Application Process

The International Baccalaureate program is open to all incoming HWDSB Grade 11 students. Students apply to their IB school based on catchment boundaries.

On January 12, 2024 IB Applications due to either Ancaster or Westdale depending on IB Boundaries. Applications are to be completed with the support of the student’s guidance counsellor to ensure that all pre-requisites have been met prior to September 2024.
By February 2, 2024 Acceptance letters, registration packages and IB Option sheets sent to successful candidates (who do not currently attend Westdale or Ancaster).
On February 10, 2024 Notification of acceptance from family due back to Westdale or Ancaster via email. The IB school will communicate to home/elementary school.

You can find the catchment areas for HWDSB IB schools online.

If you have questions, please contact your home IB school’s co-ordinator:

2024-25 IB Application Forms

To be posted here at a later date.

Updated on Monday, November 13, 2023.
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